DIARY - 16 JULY 2013 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 6 - SERIES 20
TAKE NU COUNTRY TV AGAIN
Lee Ann Womack, Radney Foster and Rodney Crowell headline Nu Country TV
this Saturday July 20 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31.
Crowell and Emmylou Harris revive a song that originally topped charts
for late Texan outlaw Waylon Jennings on a show repeated Monday at 3pm
and midnight and Thursday at 1am.
Tennessean chart topper Kenny Chesney, joined by singing Texan actor Shotgun
Willie Nelson on his 15th album Life On A Rock, also returns to
the show filmed by Laith Graham and edited by Blaize Warden.
West Australian singer-songwriter Jonny Taylor debuts with a stark video
for a strident social comment song on reality rooted domestic violence
in his home state.
And Corryong born former Australian of The Year Lee Kernaghan returns
with Van Diemen's Land band The Wolfe Brothers on a trucking song penned
by Joy McKean - widow of late bush balladeer king Slim Dusty.
ANN RIDES A BUCKAROO
singing actress Lee Ann Womack returns with the video for her song
Buckaroo - delivered in the spirit of Buck Owens & his
band The Buckaroos.
Lee Ann wanted a man who could tame a live Mustang on the song from
her 1997 self-titled album.
Fellow Texan Waylon Payne played a waiter in the twice-wed singer's
video for 20 Years And Two Husbands Ago.
Waylon - son of late singer Sammy Smith & Jody Payne - played
Jerry Lee Lewis in Cash movie Walk The Line and wrote Solitary
Thinking on her eighth album Call Me Crazy, released in
Lee Ann played a sheriff - Chief Deputy Claire Wades in a small East
Texas town in the movie Noble Things.
born singer, 46 and mother of two, is the former singing spouse of singer-songwriter
Jason Sellers whom she wed in 1990 and divorced in 1997 - the year of
her debut hit Never Again, Again on Decca.
She is wed to Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies producer Frank Liddell
and cut duets with fellow Texan George Strait on Everything But Quits
and 2005 CMA award-winning tune Good News Bad News.
Womack, daughter of a small town Texan DJ, won a Grammy with Willie Nelson
for their 2002 duet, Mendocino County Line.
She also cut a duet with Alan Jackson on Vern Gosdin tribute Till The
End on his 18th album Freight Train.
for a feature on Lee Ann from the Diary on March 28, 2005.
CHESNEY WAVES PIRATE FLAG
troubadour Kenny Chesney proves life is safer on his favourite beaches
than Somalia in his video for Pirate Flag from his huge selling
15th album Life On a Rock.
Chesney, 46, hopes to follow the song's co-writer David Lee Murphy
- a four time Australian tourist - and perform here early next year.
Kenny recovered from marriage on the rocks with actress Rene Zelweger
to enjoy life in the surf like recent tourists Jimmy Buffett and Zac
When he tours here he might even resurrect the boots given to him
by former President George Dubya Bush when Kenny serenaded John Howard
at the White House.
That was May 16, 2006 - the same night the Texan served barramundi
to his Australian Prime Minister VIP guest.
Chesney's black eel skin boots, replete with black calf top and black
eel in-lays and also sporting twin U.S-Australian flags, were designed
and made by Houston boot-maker Rocky Carroll.
singer tours here he might catch up with Boy Howardy when he returns from
watching record breaking Aussie test debutant Ashton Agar at Nottinghamshire
where Robin Hood once wooed Maid Marion under the watchful eye of Friar
Chesney has also toured with expat Australasian superstar Keith Urban
and thespian spouse Nicole Kidman who also dined with the President back
Kenny hooks up for a duet with octogenarian Farm Aid altruist Shotgun
Willie Nelson - who first toured here in 1981 - on Coconut Tree
from his new disc.
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CROWELL - EMMYLOU HARRIS BEHIND BARS
Rodney Crowell and Alabama born icon Emmylou Harris performs a live version
of Dreaming My Dreams from their duets album Old Yellow Moon.
The song, penned by Allen Reynolds, was once a hit for the late Waylon
Crowell, 63 on August 7, played the Prince of Wales in St Kilda on his
2009 Australian tour with guitarist Will Kimbrough and Emmylou played
the nearby Palais on her fifth Australian sojourn last year.
Rodney was a longtime member of Emmylou's Hot Band in an era when she
also employed Ricky Skaggs, Emory Gordy Jr, Hank DeVito, Albert Lee, James
Burton, Glenn Hardin and Tony Brown.
Harris, 66, has won 12 Grammys in a career embracing more than 30 studio
and live discs, DVDS and two albums with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton
as The Trio.
Third husband Paul Kennerley - brother-in-law of Aussie TV host Kerri-Anne,
produced her revered concept album The Ballad of Sally Rose in
Harris's soul brother Vince Gill, who first toured here with Albert Lee,
also played with Crowell in the Cherry Bombs.
Rodney, married to Rosanne Cash from 1979-1992, toured here two decades
after Cash, 60, who later wed fellow singer-songwriter John Leventhal.
The latter day Tennessean wed singer Claudia Church in 1988 and poached
expat Aussie guitarist and singer songwriter Jedd Hughes from Patty Loveless's
band about a decade ago.
for a Crowell interview in the Diary on March 28, 2009.
for an Emmylou feature in the Diary on March 18, 2006.
FOSTER ANGEL FLIGHT
Radney Foster debuts with the evocative video for his song Angel Flight
from his eight solo CD Revival in 2009.
Foster's song is a tribute to airmen returning from combat.
Videos for Angel Flight have surpassed one million views combined
The music video itself has had over 300,000 views, and the Angel Flight
Radio Tower DVD Mix has garnered over 720,000 views.
It features interviews with former Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius
Rucker, who did background vocals on the song, along with co-writer Darden
Smith and Foster explaining how it came about.
Proceeds from the sale of Angel Flight benefit the Texas National
Guard Family Support Foundation that aids military families in crisis.
"Each state has its own Guard," Foster revealed in a recent
"And each state has its own civilian support groups that help families
in crisis. This is the one from Texas. I got involved with them after
writing Angel Flight with my friend Darden Smith. We met several guys
within the Guard. We met with the guys that are with the family support
division. When mom and/or dad are deployed overseas, that puts an awful
amount of stress on the families. A lot of Guard guys have a good job
and after they deploy, they often take a hit in pay in order to go overseas.
There's lots of needs that go along with that. After meeting with those
guys, it seemed like a natural way to help. The song was inspired by a
series of Angel Flights that brought home a group of guys known as the
Red River Four. They were all known well within their unit. It's pretty
organic. It really came about naturally. I can't speak highly enough of
these folks. The pleasure I've had working with these guys is only rivaled
by the professionalism they go about their business."
Radney, 53, hails from Del Rio, Texas, and had a brace of hits on five
albums with Bill Lloyd as Foster & Lloyd.
Foster began his solo career in 1992 and his album Del Rio, TX 1959
produced four consecutive Top 40 hits.
Darius Rucker, who also recorded Foster songs emulated the Texan by naming
his third solo album Charleston, SC 1966, in 2010.
Foster released Del Rio, TX Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome on
August 14, 2012, as his ninth solo album.
His other albums included Labor of Love (1995), See What You
Want to See (1999), Are You Ready for the Big Show?, Another Way
to Go (2002) and This World We Live In (2006).
Foster had 13 Billboard hits including Just Call Me Lonesome #10,
1992 and Nobody Wins #2, 1993.
Expatriate Australasian Keith Urban recorded Foster songs I'm In
and Raining on a Sunday.
And Australian tourists The Dixie Chicks, Gary Allan, Sara Evans and Texan
Jack Ingram, who also employed Jedd Hughes as a guitarist before his Australian
tours, cut Foster songs.
HERE for a Radney Foster CD Review in The Diary.
TAYLOR BATS FOR BATTERED WOMEN
singer-songwriter Jonny Taylor, 28, debuts on with a video tribute to
a woman who fought back after being bashed by two violent husbands.
The battered bride came out of a coma and her attacker died of a drug
overdose after being released from prison.
Taylor's riveting song You'll Never Break Me is on his second album
Something To Say.
He donated proceeds of song and benefit concerts to domestic violence
victims in Mandurah in the Deep South of Western Australia.
Taylor ensured authenticity in his graphic video by using an old band
mate Ben Langley and a local sales rep to portray the combatant characters.
"We filmed the video at the historic Caves House Hotel at Yallingup
near Margaret River," Taylor told Nu Country.
"We used amateurs, willing to give it a go. I used to be in a prog
rock band years ago with the lead male - Ben Langley. He was keen to be
an actor in his teenage years. The woman is a sales rep - a friend of
my wife Nicole. That part took about 10 hours to film - then we did the
band stuff in a couple of hours the next day."
CLICK HERE for
a Jonny Taylor feature in the Diary.
KERNAGHAN AND WOLFE BROTHERS
returns to the show with his Van Diemen's Land discovery The Wolfe Brothers
and their video trucking tribute - Slim Dusty hit Lights On The Hill.
Slim's widow Joy McKean wrote the song that's reprised live on the deluxe
version of Lee's ninth album Beautiful Noise.
Lee, singing spouse Robbie, guitarist Dan Conway and the Wolfe Brothers
tour nationally to promote their new albums.
Kernaghan, 48 and father of two sons - Rock 11 and Jet, 10 - is confident
his Carlton footy team is immune to peptides washed ashore for arch rivals
Essendon at Australian Crime Commission.
Lee, who attracted Carlton players Andrew Walker, David Ellard and Eddie
Betts to his concerts with Dierks Bentley, believes country music is the
favoured stimulant of his fans.
"You know how much I love that team and how the boys get along to
my shows," Lee added.
"I know Eddie Betts listens to country music to get him pumped before
he goes out and plays each week."
for a Lee feature in The Diary on February 20, 2013.
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